The painting "Die Begegnung" (The Encounter), which was created three years before the founding of the Bauhaus, Johannes Itten anticipates many characteristics of the Bauhaus’s art with its abstract formal vocabulary: design using geometric forms such as the circle, square and spiral, contrasts of light and dark and varying colour schemes.
Wagner, Christoph: “Bauhaus Before the Bauhaus? Johannes Itten’s Painting ‘The Encounter’” in: Bauhaus: A Conceptual Model, publ. by Bauhaus Archive Berlin / Museum for Design, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Weimar Classic Foundation, Exhibition Catalogue, Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2009, pg. 23ff.