Realism remains stronger than you may think. Everytime there is great insecurity on the planet (like now), people need a feeling that mlan still exists - that he has not been killed in all the wars, not replaced by computers and robots, etc. But attention: one thing - not to confuse with commercial art.. Art is art; and commerical art is not fine art, but commercial art, ie. to sell products. Nuance.
Or,sometimes, commissioned realistic vwork...which is its own challenge. When an artist is working in
abstract, it is still important to "maintain the basics"....Like an architect using hammer and nails once and in a while.