Factory in North London by Lucian Freud is an oil painting created in 1972. It is part of a limited collection of urban landscape paintings produced between 1970-1972. Unlike his portraits, Freud’s urban landscapes were highly subjective, and a testament to his obsession with London’s gritty urban environment.
Born in Germany, Freud was a leading figure in neo-figurative expressionism, where his portraits and self-portraits were created with bold, thick brushstrokes in an almost caricatural style. An interesting detail is that Freud was the grandson of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis.
Factory in North London is a small painting, measuring 71 x 71 cm, but it has a powerful presence. Freud’s approach to portraying the cityscape is ruthless and honest, creating an engaging and tangible record of London’s industrial landscape. It is noted for its contemporary realism and cityscape genre.
Overall, Factory in North London is a rare piece in Freud’s body of work, collecting valued praise and appreciation from art experts and enthusiasts worldwide.