on offer at the prestigious Château d’Eau gallery just a stone's throw away.
Toulouse is also the home of the magnificent 16th century Hôtel d’Assézat, arranged around a courtyard, where you will find the Fondation Bemberg, established by a major collector and comprising, among other works, a unique collection of paintings by Bonnard, Pissarro, Veronese, Matisse, Vlaminck et al.
See the great masters
Another great master awaits you in Albi in the Palais de la Berbie : Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The Musée Toulouse-Lautrec attracts visitors from all over the world and is the only museum in the world dedicated to the artist, who was born in Albi in 1864. Exploring the fully renovated museum with its clear and elegant layout, is an exciting experience that gives visitors an insight into the world of the man of Montmartre who created the 'modern poster'.
Staying in Tarn, you mustn't miss the Musée Goya in Castres. Housed in the town's 17th century former bishop's palace, it contains a remarkable collection of Hispanic art, ranked just after the Louvre's collection in terms of its rigorous quality.
Visiting the Musée Ingres in Montauban is also a wonderful experience. Occupying the city's episcopal palace, it contains all of the works and the outstanding graphics collection that Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867), director of the Villa Medici and one of the greatest painters of the 19th century, bequeathed to his birthplace.
Another artist, Henri Martin, was born in Toulouse but set up his artist's studio in the Lot Valley. He is honoured daily in Cahors in the Musée Henri Martin, which contains the work of this neo-impressionist painter who is today extremely popular in Japan.
Sculpture is another art form close to our hearts in Midi-Pyrénées. Museums of sculpture that are unmissable because they hold major works by great European artists are the Musée des Augustins in Toulouse (classical sculpture), the Musée Denys Puech in Rodez, and not forgetting the Musée Zadkine (contemporary sculpture) in Les Arques near Cahors.