In the 1930s, the age of zeppelins seemed to lurk just around the corner. Carel Willink, known for his speculative subject matter, devoted this 1933 painting to imagining a city where zeppelins floated overhead.
Thoughtout the 20th century, Willink painted weird, lonely houses and people basking in the glow of Pompeii's ultra-destructive volcano. Though it's often dubbed realistic, Willink's work has a strong fantasy and alternate history feeling to it.
As Jonathan Coulthart says over at Feuilleton:
Willink was a Dutch painter whose self-described brand of "imaginary realism" conjured in its early years a collection of views of desolate plazas, empty lanes and abandoned ruins over which smoke or cloud hangs like an ominous portent.