At last the age of zeppelins has arrived!

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.

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