German sculptor, born in Berlin, where he studied at the Academy, 1911–12. In 1918 he joined the Novembergruppe and during the 1920s he was influential in introducing Cubist and Futurist ideas to Berlin. His own work was strongly influenced by Archipenko, notably in its alternation of solids and voids. However, his style became more self-consciously formalized than Archipenko's, as in Sculpture (1923, MoMA, New York), a robot-like head in polished metal. From 1937 to 1966 Belling taught in Istanbul, then settled at Krailling, near Munich.
From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.