Rue Claude Bernard

Arrondissement 5

Numbers: 77, 90

Once this was a continuation of the Rue des Feuillantines. It was briefly named the southern section of the Rue Gay-Lussac. The street was knocked through under Haussmann in the 1850s when it was widened from 12m to 20m. In 1881 it was given its current name of the medical experimentalist Claude Bernard (1813-1878).

In the 1860s, when No. 77 was 91, Rue des Feuillantines, the three Reclus brothers, Élie, Élisée and Paul  lived here. together. Among the republicans and revolutionaries who visited them were the artist Courbet, the photographer Nadar, the historian Michelet, as well as Proudhon and Bakunin.

Daumier published this cartoon of Nadar on May 25 1863, calling it ‘Nadar raises photogprahy to the level of art’ after Nadar commissioned a balloon builder to build France’s biggest hot-air balloon for him to photograph from.

The earlier Repubiican Socialist and Feminist writer, George Sand, lived from 1864 to 1869 in No. 97 of what was then the Rue des Feuillantines, now No. 90 Rue Claude Bernard.

Rue Claude Bernard about 1905

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