We all know Matisse was a huge fan of nature, however, did you know he had quite a few furry (and feathered) friends too?

Ahead of Matisse Live – our first ever live cinema behind-the-scenes private view of our exhibition being broadcast nationwide tonight – take a look at our slideshow of snaps that show Matisse enjoying some down time with dogs, birds, horses, and a fabulous roaring lion

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  • Matisse and animals dog and palms

    © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014, courtesy Henri Matisse Archive

  • Matisse and animals small bird on shoulder

    © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014, courtesy Henri Matisse Archive

  • Matisse and animals black cat

    © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014, courtesy Henri Matisse Archive

  • Matisse and animals lion

    © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014, courtesy Henri Matisse Archive

  • Matisse and animals jumping dog

    © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014, courtesy Henri Matisse Archive

  • Matisse and animals black horse

    © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014, courtesy Henri Matisse Archive

  • Matisse and animals white swan

    © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014, courtesy Henri Matisse Archive

  • Matisse and animals horses and blimp

    © Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014, courtesy Henri Matisse Archive

Can you spot the animal influence in Matisse’s works? Let us know!

To see more exclusive archive content, book your ticket for Matisse Live broadcast live on 3 June in cinemas across the UK

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is on display at Tate Modern until 7 September