" Kafka, holding a cat looking at empty space at the Louvre where the Mona Lisa was hung before it disappeared between 1911 - 1913." ( In 1911 the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. Suspicion for many fell on Germany. This when the painting was recovered was proven wrong. During the time it was missing the space where it hung in the Louvre became itself a tourist attraction for many including the writer Franz Kafka. ) The First World War began in 1914. This was not long after the Mona Lisa was recovered.