Moore found that printmaking facilitated a departure from his sculptural interests, allowing more freedom to experiment with colour, light and subtleties of tone. His exploration in printmaking techniques can be traced from woodblock prints of 1931 through vividly coloured collographs and major graphic albums including the Elephant Skull etchings and Stonehenge lithographs.

Print-making formed an increasingly important part of Moore's work from the 1970s, when he worked with specialist printers and publishers internationally to meet a growing demand for his work. There are 719 prints in the Moore catalogue raisonné, and of these, 363 appear in some form of deluxe book or portfolio.