In 1824 after his many years in Italy, Ingres returned to Paris. His Vow of XIII painting was well received and he was a celebrity in the art world. He had begun to lose some of the archaic mannerisms that had been disliked by his critics. He also secured a stream of portrait commissions. The highly finished realism of his portrait of Louis- Francois Bertin (1832) was enormously popular at the salon.
The success of his work from this era brought attention to his previous paintings that had not been well received initially and the won all of the major awards France had to bestow.
Ingres became the premier classicist artist in France who led the defense of classical ideas of art against the rival romanticists. He was a highly regarded teacher and was beloved by his many students. His wife died in 1849 and in 1852 Ingres age seventy one marries Delphine Ramel aged forty three. Evidently this marriage was as successful as his first.
Ingre lived to be eighty six years old and upon his death was buried in Paris's famed Pere Lachaise cemetery. This is the cemetery that contains the grave of Jim Morrison of the Doors.You know, I think that cemetery deserves a post of it's own, Have I got a bizarre story for you, about how Paris moved hundreds of thousands of bodies out of Paris at night for years when it became necessary to relocate their dead, who were so numerous they were even walled up in ordinary houses for lack of a better place to put them.