What is odd is that abstract is considered an advanced art form yet it is the most difficult form to appreciate. there is a local show hanging of abstracts all fetching $6k and up and not a one of them has appeal to my eye. So while an abstract may satisfy an artist at some level it will not necessarily satisfy an audience of lesser sophistication in art.
In terms of producing an image that is appreciated I watched a snapshot of a local mountain time in high noon light and no atmospherics or general dynamics sell for $300. Not a princely sum but it sold while much more interesting works remained on the wall.
Tastes vary dramatically.
And the point is that that 'sophistication' comes with experience and knowledge. It's not effete BS to be 'sophisticated' with respect to art, anymore than it is to be 'sophisticated' with respect to math or science (and I say this as someone with a PhD in molecular biology).