Moore was born in Yorkshire and studied at Leeds School of Art in 1919, after serving in the First World War. In 1921 he won a scholarship to the Royal College in London. He later taught at the Royal College as well as the Chelsea School of Art. From 1940 Moore lived at Perry Green in Hertfordshire, now home to the Henry Moore Foundation. At the 1948 Venice Biennale, Moore won the International Sculpture Award.
I went to see the Tate Henry Moore Exhibition in early March 2010, and enjoyed the chance to see Moore's smaller works, plus sketches and studies as he developed ideas. Not only do forms have to be considered from all angles in a piece of sculpture, but the effect of light and shadows cast within the piece too. I thoroughly enjoyed the combination of "working notes" and "finished pieces", and the chance to finally see some of his famous Underground paintings in real life. They're larger than I'd thought, and more powerful. The medium, with the splotchy ink, really suits the subject.
There was one framed piece of paper of thumbnails of ideas for paintings. Each a couple of inches, watercolor over ink, with a title. It felt as if it were done on a day Moore was consolidating a series of ideas. Tiny holes in each corner suggested to me that he must've had it pinned up on a board at some stage.