A visit to the Bemberg Foundation is nothing less than a privileged tour of a rich and important private art collection. This is an exhibition visit like no other. The Bemberg Foundation is a superb gallery set in a 16th century mansion in Toulouse. The many rooms display the private collection of a wealthy Argentinian connoisseur, art lover and writer called Georges Bemberg, who died in 2011, having created the foundation that bears his name in conjunction with the City of Toulouse. The Foundation that is his remarkable legacy is set in a place that's worth a visit on its own: the Hotel d'Assézat, regarded as one of the first French buildings designed in the classical style. Make no mistake, this is a museum quality collection, specialising in late 19th and early 20th century French works, as well as pieces from 16th and 18th century Venice. There are no less than 30 paintings by Bonnard alone. Among other artists featured are Veronese, Degas, Gaugin, Matisse, Monet, Cezanne, Braque, and Picasso. Thematic tours are offered centring on landscapes for instance - or on costumes of a particular era. Afterwards, you can provide your own improvised art criticism over your choice of refreshments in the delightful tea room set under the arcades of the inner courtyard.