Happy Birthday Asher Durand!! Another landscape painter, this American, born in 1796, was a painter from the Hudson River School. His father was a watchmaker and silversmith and Durand was apprenticed to an engraver. After a short career as a portrait painter, Durand tried his hand (successfully) at landscape painting. The painting included here today is titled The Trysting Tree, look closely and you can see the couple in question.